Royal Gunpowder Mills

waltham abbey royal gunpowder mills
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Set in 170 acres of natural parkland and boasting 20 buildings of major historic importance, the site mixes fascinating history, exciting science and beautiful surroundings to produce a magical day out for all the family. Established in the 17th century and acquired by the Crown in 1787, the Royal Gunpowder Mills has a very important place in both the history of Great Britain and of its home town of Waltham Abbey.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Museum

Opening hours

Please see website for details.

Admission charges

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Discounts

  • English Heritage
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a photograph showing he contents of a 1940s shop

1940s Exhibition

  • 1 January 0200 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Explore war-time life with reconstructions from the 1940s. Experience the sights and sounds as you step inside an Anderson air-raid shelter, peek into a war-time kitchen, and toy shop, and browse in a 1940s general store.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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engines

Steam Heritage

  • 14 — 15 May 2016 10am-5pm

A weekend at the Royal Gunpowder Mills celebrating our industrial past with a special spotlight on the Victorian and Edwardian steam traction engine builders. A thoroughly good family day out. There will be a ‘Thomas’ land train, a 7 ¼” railway ride and organs too, plus Steam-themed activities, Mad Lab and exhibitions, Engines are coming from all over Essex and further afield from Oxfordshire to Ramsgate. See up close the historic 112 year old Clayton & Shuttleworth’s steam traction engine ’Peggy’. Presenting traction engines, road locomotives, road rollers and wagons, there will be an opportunity for visitors to learn more about how our steam heritage is being kept alive in the twenty-first century and to discover how the drivers manage the coal and water whilst driving their steam engines around the Royal Gunpowder Mills’ road circuit. Highly recommended great day out.

See our website for more information and ticket prices which include a range of family tickets.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

See our website for more information and ticket prices which include a range of family tickets.

Website

http://www.royalgunpowdermills.com

cowboys

Wild West Show

  • 28 — 30 May 2016

Living history at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, where an American western town springs up and lets you wander in and get to know the folks of old, their tales, their way of life. This year it is themed on the track-side towns which travelled alongside the construction of the railroads. On the Sunday and Monday the re-enactors stage a shoot-out! Fantastic day out for the kids and adults too.
Indoor and outdoor activities include Mad Lab, Exhibitions and Armoury, guided tours, outdoor play space, Wildlife Tower and crafts.

See our website for more information and ticket prices which include a range of family tickets.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

See our website for more information and ticket prices which include a range of family tickets.

Website

http://www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Royal Gunpowder Mills
Beaulieu Drive
Waltham Abbey
Essex
EN9 1JY
England

Website

www.royalgunpowdermills.com

E-mail

General enquiries

info@royalgunpowdermills.com

Telephone

Switchboard

01992 707370

Fax

01992 707372

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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